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Every day is an opportunity to have a fresh start. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday; all that counts is today. When you wake up in the morning know that today is full of opportunities waiting to be grabbed. It is a new day, a new start. The beginning of a new life awaits you. #holisticunited... see more #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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"Your Health Is An Investment; Not A Hobby!" BOOK A WELLNESS APPOINTMENT WITH ME! 702-219-0084, Dr. Monica Bickerstaff...
WISE WOMAN WEDNESDAY: A LITTLE HALOTHERAPY IS A HUGE BLESSING!
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Many people assume that since I'm a Personal Trainer and a Nutrition Coach I eat chicken and broccoli out of tupperware containers and exercise every day but I want to say that I have been a sugar addict for most of my life. 
So let's get real today. 
My clients... see more share their stories with me all the time, so it's time to return the favor. Below is a short version of my food story. 
Most of you know that I grew up in Poland, moved to Scotland when I was 18 and then permanently to the US when I was 23. 
Since I remember, all of my fond memories have been around food, mostly cakes, pastries, chocolate and pizza. 
Growing up in Poland was like being constantly surrounded by the best pastries, breads, sausages, cheeses you can imagine, 24/7, unlimited.
I would always have white bread with cheese and honey for breakfast, more bread with cold cuts or cheese and fruit juice for lunch at school, fairly healthy dinner at home (meat, potatoes, overcooked vegetables), followed by a sweet pastries, donuts, cakes, ice cream or chocolate. EVERYDAY for 18 years. I even had a secret Belgian chocolate stash in my desk. At least I can say I have always been a chocolate snob. 
It was a miracle that I didn't put on weight and my best guess is that it was due to following reasons:
1) I walked everywhere (everybody does) - 10,000 steps means nothing in Europe,
2) Since the first grade, we had 3 mandatory PE sessions a week at school, plus I played various sports after school, 
3) I never ate when I wasn't hungry,
4) I never overate,
5) I spent most weekends at my grandfather's house/farm so besides the junk I did have very good access to freshest eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables. 
Then at 18, I moved to Scotland to attend university.
I wanted to make it on my own, without help from my parents, so I got a job the second day I arrived, and lived on a very limited budget (I had an Excel spreadsheet with all my food expenses) of $45 a month, yes, a month.
All my college years I worked in food places, pizza places to be precise.
My little food budget was mostly spent on: bread, cottage cheese, honey, pasta, frozen meals, tomato sauce, chips and english tea biscuits. Plus I ate pizza at least 3 times a week for lunch or dinner because I could eat it for free at work.  
This time around I wasn't so lucky. I still walked a ton, but I started to put on weight pretty quickly after having pizza on my work breaks (at 11pm) three times a week. The breaking point was when, during my work shift, I bent over, and my jeans (yes JEANS) ripped right on my butt. Oops...
Long story short, I got my s^%t together, stopped having pizza in the middle of the night and signed up for the gym. Lost the weight quickly by cutting calories and doing lots of cardio on empty stomach. 
Then at 21, I had my first taste of the United States of America.
I worked full time in a country club and lived on club's property. I had no fridge in my room, and no easy access to a store, so I completely relied on the food being served by the cooks in the kitchen. You can imagine what kind of food they served, cheap and greasy American favorites: burgers, fries, french toast, pancakes, soda and lots of sandwiches. 
I put on weight fairly quick, and again, as soon as I realized it, I started to exercise and cut down on the crap, and I went back to normal weight. 
Then at 23, I moved to the US for good and this time around I wanted to make sure things would be different. I started to learn how to cook, eat out less, read about eating better, go for occasional runs, etc. 
Since then, I changed my career, my diet and exercise habits have improved dramatically and I made my life goal to help people live healthier,  but it wasn't until very recently that I realized that I was totally addicted to sugar. 
I had some suspicions that there was something going on in my brain, but  I never thought that strategically planning out sugar splurges, day-dreaming about nightly chocolate or planning trips based on pastry shops, was a red flag. 
In the end of the day, I was healthy, lean and fairly fit. A little sugar can't be so bad, can it? 
Moderation is key, right? 
Do you know that saying "the darkest place is under the lamp?" 
I thought that my food obsessions stem from the fact that I love to eat and that I'm in the line of work where I talk about it and read about it all the time. 
Then I went added sugar free for about 6 weeks and everything changed. I didn't realize that my obsessive thoughts about food were coming from the fact that I was addicted to sugar. A small amount of sugar, yet so significant. 
When I cut out all the remaining added sugar (nightly chocolate) in my diet I had a number of epiphanies. 
My brain changed. 
My cravings have changed (meaning 0 cravings!!!!)
My physiology changed. 
My thoughts about food have changed. 
If you are a sugar addict like me, moderation may not be good enough. Moderation was keeping me hooked. 
And again, I didn't have a ton of chocolate every day but even that little bit was kryptonite for me. 
That tiny habit made a huge difference!! 
Don't believe me that moderation of all things is not always a solution? 
Would you ever ask an alcoholic to moderate his alcohol intake?
Would you ask a cocaine addict to limit himself to 1oz a day? 
The purpose behind this article is to let you know that I am not perfect. You are not the only one craving food, obsessing about food, day-dreaming about food. You are not the only one struggling. We all are. 
Mine is chocolate. 
I can't say that I am totally sugar-rehabbed but I am getting there. 
And I can help you. 
I can help you deal with this stuff because figuring out this stuff is hard. 
I'm passionate about helping people resolve their food and drink problems. 
Let me help you. 
Shoot me an email and let's start figuring things out together. 
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Can you manage your moods and performance with food?When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night?
Your brain... see more is the most powerful organ in your body. Getting the nutritional balance correct can have enormous effects on your overall wellbeing and performance.
Learn about the superstars that stave off degeneration, and keep your brain vital and creative, and your moods calm, in this fascinating journey into the science of the brain.
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The Inner Workings of Our MindsAbhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
The... see more Vietnamese Zen Master, Thuong Chieu, said:
When we understand how our mind works, our practice becomes easy.To understand our minds, we need to understand our consciousness.
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In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being - Eckhart Tolle. #holisticunited #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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Of all the things that have been helpful to me in personal growth and goal achievement, using my journal daily is at the foundation.
Writing in my journal every single day is the glue that holds everything else together.
My journal is the context for my dreams. It’s my favorite place to be.
It’s... see more where the mental creation happens. And because my mental creation recurs on a daily basis within my journal, the physical creation is organic. It’s simple.
Achieving highly specific goals becomes very, very predictable. Confidence becomes a continually growing loop where ideas quickly become realities.
I’ve written extensively about:
The benefits of journalingHow I use my journal to get creative breakthroughsHow I use my journal to write viral articlesHow I write in my journal to trigger a peak-state just before I start workingWhy getting into a peak-state on a daily basis is essential to achieving your dreamsIn this particular article, I’m going to detail the nuts and bolts of specifically how I use my journal, on a daily basis, to achieve any goal I set.
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My New "Bedgame" A Little Bedtime Meditation To Heal & Activate My Feminine Energies! Want To Know More About Halotherapy & the Healing Powers Of Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp? Pencil In A Wellness Appointment With Me! Your Health IS Your Lifeline! September Special $125.55(reg.$185)... see more 702-219-0084
Dr. Monica's Beauty & Wellness Essentials (https://squareup.com/st…
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WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!?! It’s been only 5 days and I have RECLAIMED MY HEALTH! It’s no secret that I have really been through several life transforming tragedies these last 2 months: the passing of my beloved Nana, the tragic unexpected death of my Daddy (my foundation cracked) and an untimely debilitating... see more flare up of my Celiac Disease…..Ugggghhhh!
But then, I stepped into the Salt Room and my life changed. I admit that I am the first to try new holistic therapies; especially those from natural earth sources. And, after my first Halotherapy session; I’m allergy free, anxiety free, energy infused and have re-set my metabolism. I’ve lost 7 pounds in just 5 days!

Salt Therapy, also referred to as Halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic therapy that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treating respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build your immune system.
I felt the benefits instantly and I decided to create my own Halotherapy experience at home. My beautiful pink heart shaped crystal salt lamp rests by my bedside. I am sleeping more soundly (and I am the Queen of Sleep), feeling a calm-energy when I awaken and my anxiety is gone. (seriously)   Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from crystal salts formed in nature. When heated with a source, these salt lamps emit negative ions which promote health and purify the air. I’m sharing these 8 health benefits right NOW….and I’m looking forward to experiencing more:
• increase alertness • increase mood • decrease allergy symptoms • increase levels of serotonin which will also aid in healthy sleep patterns • alleviate symptoms of depression • decrease stress • boost energy • support the immune system
I’m also enjoying the daily benefits of the Sole Detox! Sole is water saturated with pure Himalayan mineral salt. It helps to hydrate our bodies naturally and naturally rids our bodies of bacteria. Sole Detox also:
• Stimulates digestion & helps with weight loss by promoting food absorption • Regulates the pH level & promotes healthy veins in our body • Regulates blood pressure & improves blood sugar (Metabolic Syndrome) • Helps with muscle cramps & bone health • Promotes healthy hair, skin & nails because of its high mineral content
The FIRST step is to invest in a Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp and set your mindful intentions for your wellness. Place your lamp in the room where you spend your time the most. Plug in your lamp, BREATHE and enjoy your enlightened being!
Be Well & Stay Enlightened!
Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica's Beauty & Wellness Essentials:  https://squareup.com/st…
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WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!?! It’s been only 5 days and I have RECLAIMED MY HEALTH! It’s no secret that I have really been through several life transforming tragedies these last 2 months: the passing of my beloved Nana, the tragic unexpected death of my Daddy (my foundation cracked) and an untimely debilitating... see more flare up of my Celiac Disease…..Ugggghhhh!
But then, I stepped into the Salt Room and my life changed. I admit that I am the first to try new holistic therapies; especially those from natural earth sources. And, after my first Halotherapy session; I’m allergy free, anxiety free, energy infused and have re-set my metabolism. I’ve lost 7 pounds in just 5 days!

Salt Therapy, also referred to as Halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic therapy that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treating respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build your immune system.
I felt the benefits instantly and I decided to create my own Halotherapy experience at home. My beautiful pink heart shaped crystal salt lamp rests by my bedside. I am sleeping more soundly (and I am the Queen of Sleep), feeling a calm-energy when I awaken and my anxiety is gone. (seriously)   Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from crystal salts formed in nature. When heated with a source, these salt lamps emit negative ions which promote health and purify the air. I’m sharing these 8 health benefits right NOW….and I’m looking forward to experiencing more:
• increase alertness • increase mood • decrease allergy symptoms • increase levels of serotonin which will also aid in healthy sleep patterns • alleviate symptoms of depression • decrease stress • boost energy • support the immune system
I’m also enjoying the daily benefits of the Sole Detox! Sole is water saturated with pure Himalayan mineral salt. It helps to hydrate our bodies naturally and naturally rids our bodies of bacteria. Sole Detox also:
• Stimulates digestion & helps with weight loss by promoting food absorption • Regulates the pH level & promotes healthy veins in our body • Regulates blood pressure & improves blood sugar (Metabolic Syndrome) • Helps with muscle cramps & bone health • Promotes healthy hair, skin & nails because of its high mineral content
The FIRST step is to invest in a Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp and set your mindful intentions for your wellness. Place your lamp in the room where you spend your time the most. Plug in your lamp, BREATHE and enjoy your enlightened being!
Be Well & Stay Enlightened!
Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica's Beauty & Wellness Essentials:  https://squareup.com/st…
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I look at everyone else, and I think, ‘How on earth does she have the time to do all that she does?’
I look at my staggering, never-ending-to-do-list, the expectations heaped on my plate, the thoughts swirling around in my head like an unappetizing casserole I never ordered, and I think –... see more this is not a way to live.” – Tsh Oxenreider, “Spend Your Days: How To Control Time With Rocks, Bullets, Chisels and a Boat”
Confession time: It is really hard for me to spend quality time with my littles when my house is a mess. We sit down to read Little House In The Big Woods, and everyone else is riveted. Me? I’m trying to ignore the pile of dirty dishes in my peripheral vision. “Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids,” I say.
“Good luck with that,” say the dishes. Breathing exercises ensue.
And then there is mental clutter – the “I should” list. You know, the string of undone tasks that your brain’s PA System starts blaring in your head while you’re trying to snuggle your little one close?
If any of this sounds familiar, this post is for you.
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I’ve been using the same tried-and-true homemade powdered laundry detergent for years, and recently I discovered a simple liquid version that I love. (Happy accident – I was trying to make shampoo!)
Unfortunately, as the potami get older – and MESSIER – I’ve found myself losing more... see more and more battles to the stain monster. My old stain remover recipe just wasn’t up to the task – especially when it comes to oil stains – so I’ve been testing a few variations with ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, glycerin, cornstarch/arrowroot flour, and lemon essential oil.
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Imagine this: You’ve got one hour to pack for your dream vacation, and all you can take with you is a carry on – what do you toss in your bag? I can tell you one item that would definitely be in mine, whether I’m headed to Iceland’s hot springs or a beach in Bali. Activated charcoal.
Activated... see more charcoal is basically the Swiss Army knife of natural living – one bottle serves as first aid, a portable spa treatment, and tooth whitener. And those are just a few of it’s uses.
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Embrace Yourself as You Truly Are
One of my most cherished teachers is the gentle but tireless Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön.
Over the years, I have enjoyed her wonderful books, her timeless wisdom and her gentle and loving approach to life.
Perhaps the most attractive thing about Pema is her... see more insight into the human condition of suffering and the universality of love and compassion.
While it is impossible to distill Pema’s wisdom into one post, I am outlining some of her lessons, guidelines and wisdom.
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“Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.” ~Maria Shriver
Like many of us, I spent a big part of growing up feeling like I wasn’t enough. I was quite a studious kid, and this coupled with being terrible at sports and also quite chubby meant I was a bit... see more of a target. Indeed, when your first and last names both rhyme with “fat” it’s pretty easy for bullies with even limited wordsmith skills to come up with insults.
And it’s easy to say what words can’t hurt and that it says more about them than it did me. Yet, what it did mean for a long time was that I felt a lack of acceptance from my peers. And this does hurt. I don’t for a second think I’m alone with this either.
No matter who you are there’s times growing up when you want nothing more than acceptance.
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Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. #holisticunited #holisticquotes #holisticgram
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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears - Nelson Mandela. #mondaymotivation 
#hope #fearless #inspiration #lisachilverswellness
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When I stop the struggle, I start to float. It's the law.
#float #lisachilverswellness #lisachilvers #wellness #health #nutrition #motivation #encouragement #letgo
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From simple plants to elaborate gardens, this trend is skyrocketing and it’s easy to see why.
Reasons for a DIY Indoor Succulent Garden
Succulent plants are easy to grow, require little attention, and look adorable. With so many varieties, the color combinations are endless. Succulent plants include... see more many different varieties (like aloe and some other cacti), and all share a common trait: their leaves fill with water.
Read Full Article:
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The #body benefits from #movement, and the #mind benefits from #stillness - Sakyong Mipham. #wellness #health #wisdom #triadweightlossclinic
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Every day is an opportunity to have a fresh start. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday; all that counts is today. When you wake up in the morning know that today is full of opportunities waiting to be grabbed. It is a new day, a new start. The beginning of a new life awaits you. #holisticunited... see more #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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"Your Health Is An Investment; Not A Hobby!" BOOK A WELLNESS APPOINTMENT WITH ME! 702-219-0084, Dr. Monica Bickerstaff...
WISE WOMAN WEDNESDAY: A LITTLE HALOTHERAPY IS A HUGE BLESSING!
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Many people assume that since I'm a Personal Trainer and a Nutrition Coach I eat chicken and broccoli out of tupperware containers and exercise every day but I want to say that I have been a sugar addict for most of my life. 
So let's get real today. 
My clients... see more share their stories with me all the time, so it's time to return the favor. Below is a short version of my food story. 
Most of you know that I grew up in Poland, moved to Scotland when I was 18 and then permanently to the US when I was 23. 
Since I remember, all of my fond memories have been around food, mostly cakes, pastries, chocolate and pizza. 
Growing up in Poland was like being constantly surrounded by the best pastries, breads, sausages, cheeses you can imagine, 24/7, unlimited.
I would always have white bread with cheese and honey for breakfast, more bread with cold cuts or cheese and fruit juice for lunch at school, fairly healthy dinner at home (meat, potatoes, overcooked vegetables), followed by a sweet pastries, donuts, cakes, ice cream or chocolate. EVERYDAY for 18 years. I even had a secret Belgian chocolate stash in my desk. At least I can say I have always been a chocolate snob. 
It was a miracle that I didn't put on weight and my best guess is that it was due to following reasons:
1) I walked everywhere (everybody does) - 10,000 steps means nothing in Europe,
2) Since the first grade, we had 3 mandatory PE sessions a week at school, plus I played various sports after school, 
3) I never ate when I wasn't hungry,
4) I never overate,
5) I spent most weekends at my grandfather's house/farm so besides the junk I did have very good access to freshest eggs, meat, fruits and vegetables. 
Then at 18, I moved to Scotland to attend university.
I wanted to make it on my own, without help from my parents, so I got a job the second day I arrived, and lived on a very limited budget (I had an Excel spreadsheet with all my food expenses) of $45 a month, yes, a month.
All my college years I worked in food places, pizza places to be precise.
My little food budget was mostly spent on: bread, cottage cheese, honey, pasta, frozen meals, tomato sauce, chips and english tea biscuits. Plus I ate pizza at least 3 times a week for lunch or dinner because I could eat it for free at work.  
This time around I wasn't so lucky. I still walked a ton, but I started to put on weight pretty quickly after having pizza on my work breaks (at 11pm) three times a week. The breaking point was when, during my work shift, I bent over, and my jeans (yes JEANS) ripped right on my butt. Oops...
Long story short, I got my s^%t together, stopped having pizza in the middle of the night and signed up for the gym. Lost the weight quickly by cutting calories and doing lots of cardio on empty stomach. 
Then at 21, I had my first taste of the United States of America.
I worked full time in a country club and lived on club's property. I had no fridge in my room, and no easy access to a store, so I completely relied on the food being served by the cooks in the kitchen. You can imagine what kind of food they served, cheap and greasy American favorites: burgers, fries, french toast, pancakes, soda and lots of sandwiches. 
I put on weight fairly quick, and again, as soon as I realized it, I started to exercise and cut down on the crap, and I went back to normal weight. 
Then at 23, I moved to the US for good and this time around I wanted to make sure things would be different. I started to learn how to cook, eat out less, read about eating better, go for occasional runs, etc. 
Since then, I changed my career, my diet and exercise habits have improved dramatically and I made my life goal to help people live healthier,  but it wasn't until very recently that I realized that I was totally addicted to sugar. 
I had some suspicions that there was something going on in my brain, but  I never thought that strategically planning out sugar splurges, day-dreaming about nightly chocolate or planning trips based on pastry shops, was a red flag. 
In the end of the day, I was healthy, lean and fairly fit. A little sugar can't be so bad, can it? 
Moderation is key, right? 
Do you know that saying "the darkest place is under the lamp?" 
I thought that my food obsessions stem from the fact that I love to eat and that I'm in the line of work where I talk about it and read about it all the time. 
Then I went added sugar free for about 6 weeks and everything changed. I didn't realize that my obsessive thoughts about food were coming from the fact that I was addicted to sugar. A small amount of sugar, yet so significant. 
When I cut out all the remaining added sugar (nightly chocolate) in my diet I had a number of epiphanies. 
My brain changed. 
My cravings have changed (meaning 0 cravings!!!!)
My physiology changed. 
My thoughts about food have changed. 
If you are a sugar addict like me, moderation may not be good enough. Moderation was keeping me hooked. 
And again, I didn't have a ton of chocolate every day but even that little bit was kryptonite for me. 
That tiny habit made a huge difference!! 
Don't believe me that moderation of all things is not always a solution? 
Would you ever ask an alcoholic to moderate his alcohol intake?
Would you ask a cocaine addict to limit himself to 1oz a day? 
The purpose behind this article is to let you know that I am not perfect. You are not the only one craving food, obsessing about food, day-dreaming about food. You are not the only one struggling. We all are. 
Mine is chocolate. 
I can't say that I am totally sugar-rehabbed but I am getting there. 
And I can help you. 
I can help you deal with this stuff because figuring out this stuff is hard. 
I'm passionate about helping people resolve their food and drink problems. 
Let me help you. 
Shoot me an email and let's start figuring things out together. 
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Can you manage your moods and performance with food?When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night?
Your brain... see more is the most powerful organ in your body. Getting the nutritional balance correct can have enormous effects on your overall wellbeing and performance.
Learn about the superstars that stave off degeneration, and keep your brain vital and creative, and your moods calm, in this fascinating journey into the science of the brain.
Read More...
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The Inner Workings of Our MindsAbhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.
The... see more Vietnamese Zen Master, Thuong Chieu, said:
When we understand how our mind works, our practice becomes easy.To understand our minds, we need to understand our consciousness.
Read More...
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In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being - Eckhart Tolle. #holisticunited #holisticgram #holisticquotes
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Of all the things that have been helpful to me in personal growth and goal achievement, using my journal daily is at the foundation.
Writing in my journal every single day is the glue that holds everything else together.
My journal is the context for my dreams. It’s my favorite place to be.
It’s... see more where the mental creation happens. And because my mental creation recurs on a daily basis within my journal, the physical creation is organic. It’s simple.
Achieving highly specific goals becomes very, very predictable. Confidence becomes a continually growing loop where ideas quickly become realities.
I’ve written extensively about:
The benefits of journalingHow I use my journal to get creative breakthroughsHow I use my journal to write viral articlesHow I write in my journal to trigger a peak-state just before I start workingWhy getting into a peak-state on a daily basis is essential to achieving your dreamsIn this particular article, I’m going to detail the nuts and bolts of specifically how I use my journal, on a daily basis, to achieve any goal I set.
Read More...
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My New "Bedgame" A Little Bedtime Meditation To Heal & Activate My Feminine Energies! Want To Know More About Halotherapy & the Healing Powers Of Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp? Pencil In A Wellness Appointment With Me! Your Health IS Your Lifeline! September Special $125.55(reg.$185)... see more 702-219-0084
Dr. Monica's Beauty & Wellness Essentials (https://squareup.com/st…
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WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!?! It’s been only 5 days and I have RECLAIMED MY HEALTH! It’s no secret that I have really been through several life transforming tragedies these last 2 months: the passing of my beloved Nana, the tragic unexpected death of my Daddy (my foundation cracked) and an untimely debilitating... see more flare up of my Celiac Disease…..Ugggghhhh!
But then, I stepped into the Salt Room and my life changed. I admit that I am the first to try new holistic therapies; especially those from natural earth sources. And, after my first Halotherapy session; I’m allergy free, anxiety free, energy infused and have re-set my metabolism. I’ve lost 7 pounds in just 5 days!

Salt Therapy, also referred to as Halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic therapy that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treating respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build your immune system.
I felt the benefits instantly and I decided to create my own Halotherapy experience at home. My beautiful pink heart shaped crystal salt lamp rests by my bedside. I am sleeping more soundly (and I am the Queen of Sleep), feeling a calm-energy when I awaken and my anxiety is gone. (seriously)   Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from crystal salts formed in nature. When heated with a source, these salt lamps emit negative ions which promote health and purify the air. I’m sharing these 8 health benefits right NOW….and I’m looking forward to experiencing more:
• increase alertness • increase mood • decrease allergy symptoms • increase levels of serotonin which will also aid in healthy sleep patterns • alleviate symptoms of depression • decrease stress • boost energy • support the immune system
I’m also enjoying the daily benefits of the Sole Detox! Sole is water saturated with pure Himalayan mineral salt. It helps to hydrate our bodies naturally and naturally rids our bodies of bacteria. Sole Detox also:
• Stimulates digestion & helps with weight loss by promoting food absorption • Regulates the pH level & promotes healthy veins in our body • Regulates blood pressure & improves blood sugar (Metabolic Syndrome) • Helps with muscle cramps & bone health • Promotes healthy hair, skin & nails because of its high mineral content
The FIRST step is to invest in a Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp and set your mindful intentions for your wellness. Place your lamp in the room where you spend your time the most. Plug in your lamp, BREATHE and enjoy your enlightened being!
Be Well & Stay Enlightened!
Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica's Beauty & Wellness Essentials:  https://squareup.com/st…
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WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!?! It’s been only 5 days and I have RECLAIMED MY HEALTH! It’s no secret that I have really been through several life transforming tragedies these last 2 months: the passing of my beloved Nana, the tragic unexpected death of my Daddy (my foundation cracked) and an untimely debilitating... see more flare up of my Celiac Disease…..Ugggghhhh!
But then, I stepped into the Salt Room and my life changed. I admit that I am the first to try new holistic therapies; especially those from natural earth sources. And, after my first Halotherapy session; I’m allergy free, anxiety free, energy infused and have re-set my metabolism. I’ve lost 7 pounds in just 5 days!

Salt Therapy, also referred to as Halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic therapy that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treating respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build your immune system.
I felt the benefits instantly and I decided to create my own Halotherapy experience at home. My beautiful pink heart shaped crystal salt lamp rests by my bedside. I am sleeping more soundly (and I am the Queen of Sleep), feeling a calm-energy when I awaken and my anxiety is gone. (seriously)   Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from crystal salts formed in nature. When heated with a source, these salt lamps emit negative ions which promote health and purify the air. I’m sharing these 8 health benefits right NOW….and I’m looking forward to experiencing more:
• increase alertness • increase mood • decrease allergy symptoms • increase levels of serotonin which will also aid in healthy sleep patterns • alleviate symptoms of depression • decrease stress • boost energy • support the immune system
I’m also enjoying the daily benefits of the Sole Detox! Sole is water saturated with pure Himalayan mineral salt. It helps to hydrate our bodies naturally and naturally rids our bodies of bacteria. Sole Detox also:
• Stimulates digestion & helps with weight loss by promoting food absorption • Regulates the pH level & promotes healthy veins in our body • Regulates blood pressure & improves blood sugar (Metabolic Syndrome) • Helps with muscle cramps & bone health • Promotes healthy hair, skin & nails because of its high mineral content
The FIRST step is to invest in a Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp and set your mindful intentions for your wellness. Place your lamp in the room where you spend your time the most. Plug in your lamp, BREATHE and enjoy your enlightened being!
Be Well & Stay Enlightened!
Dr. Monica
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I look at everyone else, and I think, ‘How on earth does she have the time to do all that she does?’
I look at my staggering, never-ending-to-do-list, the expectations heaped on my plate, the thoughts swirling around in my head like an unappetizing casserole I never ordered, and I think –... see more this is not a way to live.” – Tsh Oxenreider, “Spend Your Days: How To Control Time With Rocks, Bullets, Chisels and a Boat”
Confession time: It is really hard for me to spend quality time with my littles when my house is a mess. We sit down to read Little House In The Big Woods, and everyone else is riveted. Me? I’m trying to ignore the pile of dirty dishes in my peripheral vision. “Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids,” I say.
“Good luck with that,” say the dishes. Breathing exercises ensue.
And then there is mental clutter – the “I should” list. You know, the string of undone tasks that your brain’s PA System starts blaring in your head while you’re trying to snuggle your little one close?
If any of this sounds familiar, this post is for you.
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I’ve been using the same tried-and-true homemade powdered laundry detergent for years, and recently I discovered a simple liquid version that I love. (Happy accident – I was trying to make shampoo!)
Unfortunately, as the potami get older – and MESSIER – I’ve found myself losing more... see more and more battles to the stain monster. My old stain remover recipe just wasn’t up to the task – especially when it comes to oil stains – so I’ve been testing a few variations with ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, glycerin, cornstarch/arrowroot flour, and lemon essential oil.
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Imagine this: You’ve got one hour to pack for your dream vacation, and all you can take with you is a carry on – what do you toss in your bag? I can tell you one item that would definitely be in mine, whether I’m headed to Iceland’s hot springs or a beach in Bali. Activated charcoal.
Activated... see more charcoal is basically the Swiss Army knife of natural living – one bottle serves as first aid, a portable spa treatment, and tooth whitener. And those are just a few of it’s uses.
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Embrace Yourself as You Truly Are
One of my most cherished teachers is the gentle but tireless Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön.
Over the years, I have enjoyed her wonderful books, her timeless wisdom and her gentle and loving approach to life.
Perhaps the most attractive thing about Pema is her... see more insight into the human condition of suffering and the universality of love and compassion.
While it is impossible to distill Pema’s wisdom into one post, I am outlining some of her lessons, guidelines and wisdom.
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“Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.” ~Maria Shriver
Like many of us, I spent a big part of growing up feeling like I wasn’t enough. I was quite a studious kid, and this coupled with being terrible at sports and also quite chubby meant I was a bit... see more of a target. Indeed, when your first and last names both rhyme with “fat” it’s pretty easy for bullies with even limited wordsmith skills to come up with insults.
And it’s easy to say what words can’t hurt and that it says more about them than it did me. Yet, what it did mean for a long time was that I felt a lack of acceptance from my peers. And this does hurt. I don’t for a second think I’m alone with this either.
No matter who you are there’s times growing up when you want nothing more than acceptance.
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Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. #holisticunited #holisticquotes #holisticgram
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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears - Nelson Mandela. #mondaymotivation 
#hope #fearless #inspiration #lisachilverswellness
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When I stop the struggle, I start to float. It's the law.
#float #lisachilverswellness #lisachilvers #wellness #health #nutrition #motivation #encouragement #letgo
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From simple plants to elaborate gardens, this trend is skyrocketing and it’s easy to see why.
Reasons for a DIY Indoor Succulent Garden
Succulent plants are easy to grow, require little attention, and look adorable. With so many varieties, the color combinations are endless. Succulent plants include... see more many different varieties (like aloe and some other cacti), and all share a common trait: their leaves fill with water.
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The #body benefits from #movement, and the #mind benefits from #stillness - Sakyong Mipham. #wellness #health #wisdom #triadweightlossclinic
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